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Another classic IBM Press title is An Introduction to IMS by Dean Meltz, Rick Long, Mark Harrington, Robert Hain, and Geoff Nicholls
I love this quote that Dean Meltz has as his signature line in his emails:
Do you bank? Do you use ATMs? Do you use the internet? Then you've used IMS. Nothing has ever compared to the reliability and speed of IMS.
This book was published in 2005 and provides the insights and skills you need to succeed--as an application designer, developer, or administrator. I've been told that there are still quite a few older installations of IMS. This book is critical for the people working with the older version and can help you understand why an upgrade is desirable and will help you to understand the latest features.
This book is one of the featured titles that Pearson Education is offering to you at a 35% discount:
Introduction to IMS™, An: Your Complete Guide to IBM's Information Management System
* List Price: $69.99 * Your Price: $45.49 (Save 35%)
Thanks to Barbara Klein for pulling together a team to update the very useful first edition of this book. As you may know, many top companies in the world still run successful IMS data management systems, and this isn’t likely to change. This book will bring everyone up to date with the current release of IMS Version 12 and will be helpful to any new people joining an IMS team.
The decision at this point is to only produce an e-version of the book. If there is sufficient demand, a print run will be produced as well. You can get the following types: Kindle, epub, PDF.
Here’s more about the book:
IBM’s definitive one-stop guide to IMS Version 12, 11, and 10: for every IMS DBA, developer, and system programmer
If you're in Europe, you can purchase this book and many others in the IBM Press series at 35% off the retail price, plus free shipping in the UK and discounted in other countries.
Over 90% of Fortune 1000 companies rely on IBM’s Information Management System (IMS) for their most critical IBM System z data management needs: 50,000,000,000+ transactions run through IMS databases every day. What's more, IBM continues to upgrade IMS: Versions 12, 11, and 10 meet today’s business challenges more flexibly and at lower cost than ever before. In An Introduction to IMS, Second Edition, leading IBM experts present the definitive technical introduction to these versions of IMS.
More than a complete tutorial, this book provides up-to-date examples, cases, problems, solutions, and a complete glossary of IMS terminology. Prerequisite reading for the current IBM IMS Mastery Certificate Program, it reflects major recent enhancements such as dynamic information generation; new access, interoperability and development tools; improved SOA support, and much more. Whether you’re a DBA, database developer, or system programmer, it brings together all the knowledge you’ll need to succeed with IMS in today’s mission-critical environments.
About the Authors
Barbara Klein, responsible for the strategy and introduction of new IMS capabilities, has held various positions in IBM Planning, Design, Development, Assurance, Systems Engineering, Marketing, and Management.
Diane Goff, IBM IMS Advanced Technical Skills Senior I/T Specialist, has presented IMS topics at technical conferences and seminars, worked with IMS customers, and provided System z hardware and software support.
John Butterweck, IBM Worldwide IMS Technical Support Team member, specializes in assisting customers with IMS installation and maintenance.
Kenny Blackman, IBM Certified IT Specialist - IMS Advanced Technical Skills, consults on IMS connectivity, IMS application modernization and System z integration architectures, and presents IMS topics at technical conferences and seminars.
Margaret Wilson, now retired from IBM, spent more than 20 years of her IBM career working with IMS and IMS Tools, testing IMS software, teaching IMS basics, and marketing IMS Tools.
Moira McFadden Lanyi has been the Technical Editor, Terminologist, and Information Architect for the IMS Information Development team since 2003, and has also worked as a Visual Designer and Project Manager at IBM.
Rick Long, IMS Development Level 2 Database Support Team member since 2002, began with IMS in the late 1970s working in various programming and database administration roles.
Sandy Sherrill, IMS Worldwide Market Manager, has spent more than 20 years working on IMS teams.
Steve Nathan has 38 years of experience as an IMS developer, application analyst, DBA, systems programmer, and performance tuner. He has worked for IBM in IMS Level 2 Support since 2003.
Table of Contents
About the Authors
Part I: Overview of IMS
Chapter 1 IMS: Then and Now
Chapter 2 Overview of the IMS Product
Chapter 3 Access to and from IMS
Chapter 4 IMS and z/OS
Chapter 5 Setting Up and Running IMS
Part II: IMS Database Manager
Chapter 6 Overview of the IMS Database Manager
Chapter 7 Overview of the IMS Hierarchical Database Model
Chapter 8 Implementing the IMS Hierarchical Database Model
Chapter 9 Data Sharing
Chapter 10 The Database Reorganization Process
Chapter 11 The Database Recovery Process
Part III: IMS Transaction Manager
Chapter 12 Overview of the IMS Transaction Manager
Chapter 13 How IMS TM Processes Input
Part IV: IMS Application Development
Chapter 14 Application Programming Overview
Chapter 15 Application Programming for the IMS Database Manager
Chapter 16 Application Programming for the IMS Transaction Manager
Chapter 17 Editing and Formatting Messages
Chapter 18 Application Programming in Java
Part V: IMS System Administration
Chapter 19 The IMS System Definition Process
Chapter 20 Customizing IMS
Chapter 21 IMS Security
Chapter 22 IMS Logging
Chapter 23 Database Recovery Control Facility
Chapter 24 Operating IMS
Chapter 25 IMS System Recovery
Chapter 26 IBM IMS Tools
Part VI: IMS in a Parallel Sysplex Environment
Chapter 27 Introduction to Parallel Sysplex
Chapter 28 IMSplexes and the IMS Common Service Layer
Part VII: Appendixes
Appendix A Glossary
Appendix B Notices
I’ve often blogged about the best practice papers that are published in relation to IBM IM products. There has been such great feedback to these papers, that there is now a dedicated portal for Best Practices.
From this portal, you’ll be able to find best practices concerning these product groups:
Visit the new IM best practices community portal often to find a wealth of practical expert advice for your business success. More papers are being added regularly, so become a member of the community to ensure that you won't’ miss a single paper.
The portal connects you to best practice communities for a variety of IBM Information Management products.The best practice papers, technical presentations, and videos published in each community cover a wide range of topics to help you plan, design, implement, tune, and monitor your solutions so they perform at their best in your environments, potentially saving you time and resources. The best practices are written and tested by IBM technical experts who work in the development and quality assurance teams that created the product features, and who work with customers like you to determine the best ways to efficiently use Information Management products in real world environments.
Some of the topic areas you’ll find:
Thanks to Serge Boivin for providing me with this information.
This year's meeting of the Central Canada DB2 Users Group will once again be held at the Institute for Learning in Scarborough / Toronto. The event is scheduled for Monday June 17th and Tuesday June 18th, 2013. This is one of the largest user run DB2 learning events in Canada with regular attendance in excess of 200.
As usual, you’ll be able to expect the "best in class" educational sessions, including:
DB2 for z/OS Speakers will include:
DB2 for LUW Speakers will include:
IMS Speakers will include:
This year, in addition to our usual DB2 program, the local IMS Users Group will provide a 1 day IMS track on Mon Jun 17.
Abstracts for these sessions can be found on this website: Abstracts.
The Keynote will be given by IBM Fellow Curt Cotner: “The Latest News on DB2 Application Development Technology”. As you may have heard, Curt is retiring from IBM, so this may the last opportunity to hear from such a renowned speaker.
I will attend the conference during the expo hours to display books that can be purchased direct from publishers at a discount. I may also have a few books that I’ll give away as prizes, so be sure to come by to visit me.
The main web page is located at Central Canada DB2 User Group.
Click here to go to registration site. I heard that walk-ins will not be accepted at this event, so be sure to register in advance!
Thanks to Tim Johnson, President for providing me with this information.